Financial aid may be available to help make education possible. Financial aid offices can help students
apply for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.They also provide information on eligibility
requirements, student rights and responsibilities in receiving aid, requirements for maintaining aid,
planning a budget, and other financial concerns.
Student expenses include estimates of all school and basic college living expenses for the academic year
(fall, winter, and spring quarters). Information on student budgets can be found in the Consumer Information
brochure available at each campus.
Using information provided on financial aid forms, a determination is made of the amount a student is
expected to contribute toward his or her expenses for the academic year. The amount a student can pay is
subtracted from the cost of attendance to determine the amount of aid.
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Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Be certain to complete the application according to instructions. Students may also
pick up a paper application packet from the Financial Aid Office.
When to Apply
All application documents must be accurately completed and delivered to the Financial Aid Office by the
published deadline date.
For exact dates see the "Deadline" section of the Consumer Information brochure available at each
campus. To apply, students should first file their tax returns and then begin the application process at least
three months before the quarter begins. It is recommended that the student begin this process as soon as possible.
Students need to apply only once each school year, but they must reapply every year of attendance. Applications
are processed in the order received.
Late applicants must plan to pay for their own tuition by the tuition deadline and purchase their own books
so that they are ready to begin class on the first day of school. Aid will be disbursed later in the quarter
to eligible, late-aid applicants.
Students are mailed a financial aid notification letter indicating award types and amount per quarter. It is important
to read the award notice carefully, sign and return it to the Financial Aid Office. (South does not require students to
complete this step.) Students are also notified by letter if they are ineligible for financial aid.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Community Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Community Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Community Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle Community College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.